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Award-winning writer, comedian kicks off 2017-18 Artists Series Oct. 3

| Jessica Valentino

Lauren Weedman will bring her unfiltered, jaw-dropping comedy show to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire to kick off the university’s 2017-18 Artists Series.

Weedman will perform her award-winning show at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3 in Schofield Auditorium. Tickets are available online, in person at the Service Center in the east lobby of UW-Eau Claire's Davies Center, at the door the day of the event or by phone at 715-836-4636.

To prepare for her “City of Eau Claire Show” performance, Weedman will spend a week in the city, taking in local hangouts and UW-Eau Claire’s Homecoming festivities. Weedman’s unscripted, off-the-cuff delivery can surprise, delight and shock her audiences.

“Her unpredictability puts you so much in the moment with her, and you don't know what's going to happen,” said Erica Beeney, director of Weedman’s acclaimed solo act “Tammy/Lisa — From Misery to Meaning.” “Sometimes it's mind-blowing and sometimes it's embarrassing in the best way.” 

Immediately following her performance, Weedman will meet fans at a reception in the Dakota Ballroom of Davies Center. Refreshments will be provided at the reception.

According to her website, Weedman’s first performance, “Homecoming,” began as a 15-minute show that eventually was performed off-Broadway in New York. Weedman has written and performed nine solo plays, appeared in several HBO series and popular films, and written two books.

Describing the comedian’s unique solo performance, The Huffington Post said, “Weedman takes the audience on a whirlwind tour of emotion, down-home philosophy and biting social commentary.”

For more information about Weedman’s performance, visit the Artists Series webpage.

The Artists Series is funded by UW-Eau Claire student segregated fees. Performers are selected and administered by the Activities, Involvement and Leadership office and by an administrative committee composed of students, faculty/staff, and community members. General promotional support is provided by WHYS Radio and Wisconsin Public Radio.

The Artists Series, in its 53rd season, promotes the performing arts and continues to seek development of aesthetic awareness, interdisciplinary appreciation and cultivation of a multicultural experience.